A timeless classic, Hunter x Hunter won two versions, with the first released in 1999 and the second in 2011. To this day, the anime continues to conquer new generations with the adventures of young Gon, who decided to follow Hunter’s dangerous career. So it’s always a good time to get to know who’s who in this emotionally charged plot.
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The protagonist of Hunter x Hunter , Gon is a young man who was raised by his aunt. After spending his life believing that his father was dead, Gon discovers that, in fact, he is alive and is a legendary Hunter – professionals paid for diverse missions, which can range from finding treasure or recovering valuables to murder.
Gon decides to leave the island where he used to live and dedicate himself to training and exams to also become a Hunter. The decision was motivated by the hope of finding his father, but also by the desire to understand how incredible this profession was to the point that the patriarch abandoned his family.
Intelligent and athletic, Gon also stands out for the skillful way he handles animals. In addition, he possesses superhuman senses, such as an extremely keen sense of smell and hearing.
Nen is a technique that allows a person to use the flow of their vital energy to develop different skills. Gon has an Enhancing or Boosting Nen . This means that he is able to use his Nen to enhance the natural power of an object or even a part of his body, being able to intensify physical attacks and defenses.
Hatsus / Powers
Gon created an aura/Nen technique known as Rock-Paper-Scissors, which can be used in three ways:
- Stone: Gon accumulates his aura in his hand, and uses the power charged there to deliver an extremely strong Punch.
- Role: Gon is able to shoot his aura in a sphere shape, which can hit the opponent.
- Scissors: Gon concentrates his aura into a sharp blade, which he can use as a weapon.
One of the four main characters, Killua meets Gon during the Hunter Exam 287, in which they and other young men are trying to get their Hunter license to pursue the profession. The young man is the third child of five in the Zoldyeck family of assassins .
Gon’s best friend, Killua stands out for his analytical mind, his confidence in his own abilities, and his passion for sweets. Although he has a cheerful personality, he also has a violent and bloodthirsty side, the result of the preparation he underwent to follow his family’s work as an assassin. The young man was tortured from the moment he was born, which caused him to develop a great tolerance for pain and poisons.
These two sides of him constantly clash, causing Killua to fight his predisposition to kill in the name of loyalty to his friends and motivated by his essence, naturally good.
After the Zoldyck Family arc , Gon and Killua head to Heavens Arena to gain combat experience by training.
Killua possesses the Nen of Transformation , which allows him to transform the properties of his own aura to obtain other forms of matter. He transforms his aura into electricity and is noted for his control over Nen himself.
Hatsus / Powers
From the transformation of his Nen into electricity, Killua developed several attacks, such as:
- Electric Palms: Emits combined electricity to Nen from his hands
- Narukami: Killua is able to cast lightning by extending his aura into objects such as yo-yos.
- Shippuu Jirai: He can sense opponents’ movements and make his body react automatically.
- Shikyoku: Can produce clones of himself formed only by his aura
One of the four protagonists, Kurapika also has a great trajectory to become the Hunter we know. The last survivor of the Kuruta tribe, he once worked as a blacklist Hunter, who are those responsible for transporting or killing extremely dangerous criminals. He is currently part of the group of 12 hunters known as the Zodiacs , where he goes by the codename “Rat”.
Members of his original tribe, like him, had eyes that changed from their original color to red, according to their emotions. It was the greed of treasure hunters that caused the Kurapika tribe to be murdered, with all victims having their eyes gouged out. Kurapika vowed to get back all the stolen eyes and take revenge on those responsible for the massacre: the Phantom Troupe, or Genei Ryodan , a notorious group of criminals.
Kurapika has trained himself to activate his scarlet eyes whenever he wants, in which state he is able to harness the full power of his Nen. His aura is Materialization type , meaning he can use it to create objects. Kurapika will generally create five chains that come out of each finger of their right hand.
Hatsu / Powers
- Emperor Time: When he “activates” his red eyes, Kurapika is able to change the nature of his Nen from Materialization to Specialization, allowing him to use all of the basic Nen types.
- Holy Chain: He materializes a cross-shaped chain that is capable of healing wounds.
- Indicator Chain: This chain has the ability to temporarily steal opponents’ powers and transfer them to other people.
The fourth member of the anime’s group of main characters, Leorio disguises his great strength and good heart with his most childish pranks. However, he is the only Hunter Exam participant to care about others. He jokes, for example, that he wants to become a Hunter to get rich, when, in fact, his goal is to be able to pay for his medical school to help other people.
Leorio is even present throughout the first saga of the anime, but separates from Gon, Killua and Kurapika to study and become a doctor. The York Shin saga marks his return and the moment he finally learns to manipulate his Nen, with the help of Killua. He is currently part of the Zodiacs , where he acts under the codename “Boar”.
Leorio’s Nen is Emission -type , which makes him able to separate some of his aura from his body and hurl it towards the opponent in the form of a sort of energy blow.
One of the main antagonists of the anime, Hisoka is a skilled magician known also for his talents for manipulating other people. Sadistic, selfish, and with a fixation on finding strong people he can fight, his behaviors indicate a sociopathic essence.
However, Hisoka is seen more as an anti-hero than a villain. Although he likes Gon and Killua, for example, he is shown to have no problem killing them if they get in his way. On the other hand, he does not kill for fun and indiscriminately. And he can even help the protagonists, if the mission entertains him in some way.
Hisoka took the Hunter Exam at least twice. In the first one, he was disqualified after nearly killing an examiner he didn’t like. He joined the Phantom Troupe criminal team (Genei Ryodan) in order to face the group’s leader, Chrollo Lucifer.
Hisoka possesses Transformation Nen . It changes the properties of its aura to create something that resembles chewing gum. From there, he developed other moves and strategies.
Hatsu / Powers
Hisoka is an extremely skilled and ruthless fighter, but he still stands out for his sharp intelligence and his ability to deceive and psychologically intimidate the opponent during battle, while preparing various tricks and traps. His main moves are:
- Bungee Gum: Uses the gum it creates from its aura to attack or trap the enemy, defend itself and counterattack by returning the opponent’s attacks.
- Surprise Texture: Hisoka is capable of a thin surface that can change appearance according to his goals. In this way, he is able, for example, to change the content of a letter or to feign the rapid healing of wounds, to continue with his psychological manipulation.
Gon’s father, Ging is a Two-Star Archaeological Hunter , which means his work focuses on researching, restoring and preserving ancient artifacts and buildings around the world, uncovering the truth about history. The “Two Star” rating indicates that he has already made great contributions in more than one area. But Ging could already rescue a third star (global contribution or international historical discovery).
He is considered by everyone to be a bad father to Gon, even after the two are reunited. But he shows care for the boy trying to prepare him to become a great hunter.
Along the way, he became a rich and powerful man, although his social phobia never changed. He was the main creator of the famous game Nen: Greed Island , which transports players’ physical bodies into the game world, releasing them only after victory, death or the use of a special card.
Regarded by President Netero as one of the top five Nen users in the world, Ging was chosen by the ruler as one of the twelve Zodiacs who would take charge of the upcoming elections. His codename in the group was “Boar”.
Although his background and influence indicate that Ging is a powerful Nen user, it has not yet been revealed what type of Nen he has. Still, he has already demonstrated great skills in Emission and Manipulation.
But since we first see him, it’s clear that Ging is one of the smartest characters, to the point of realizing what the choices of people next to him will be. In addition, he has superhuman speed, adapts easily to diverse environments, and is able to speak multiple languages.
Hatsu / Powers
Among the skills Ging has demonstrated are:
- Remote Punch: When punching a surface with a punch, transfers Nen until he reaches the opponent with the force of his own punch.
- Ultrasound: He is able to examine other people with just the touch of his hands.
- Phasing Bullets: Nen “shots” that can bypass physical barriers without damaging them, hitting only the main target.
Netero was the 12th president of the Hunter Association , in addition to being a master of the Shingen martial arts school. Considered one of the strongest characters in the anime, Netero is known for his quirky personality and his taste for challenges, which makes him often pass almost impossible tasks to train and test Hunters.
He has no respect for the weak, admires a formidable enemy, and makes it his life’s goal to find an opponent who is his equal in terms of power, something he finds in Meruem , the king of the chimera ants. The two fight a battle considered by many to be one of the best in the anime universe.
Netero has Enhancement Nen, which means he is able to leverage powers he already naturally possesses, such as the strength of his physical attacks or defenses.
Meruem is the King of the Chimera Ants and the most powerful creature of the species. The main antagonist of the Chimera Ants arc , he is a cruel and violent leader, the fruit of the queen’s intentions to raise a perfect offspring. He would kill and cannibalize any ant that disrespected him, and he only sees humans as a source of food.
This relationship changes when he meets the human girl Komugi , whom he takes care of. From there, he starts to question his own violent nature and his identity as half human and half insect.
After his fight with Netero, he comes to admire humans and see them as creatures of immense potential, which motivates him to be in favor of coexistence between the two species, as long as humans are pre-selected according to their ” quality”.
Meruem was born with an extraordinary level of Nen, which increased whenever he fed on other Nen users.
Extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat, he also stands out for his genius, his resistance to poison and pain tolerance, and his enhanced agility, speed, and reflexes.
Biscuit – or “Bisky”, as she prefers to be called – is a Treasure Hunter, a hunter who searches for treasures around the world, and an instructor of Nen. She was the one who taught Gon and Killua how to use Nen, during the Greed Island arc , when she first appears, upon entering the game with the aim of getting a gem called “Blue Planet”.
Although 57 years old , Bisky maintains the appearance of a 12-year-old girl. And she uses this air of childlike innocence to her advantage, whether to get information or to get her opponent to underestimate her in battle.
Bisky has Transmutation Nen, however she has become proficient in the principles of all types of Nen , which is why she decided to dedicate herself to teaching the use of this power. She is able to mix her Transmutation Nen with her Manipulation and Conjuration Nen with equal effectiveness. And she can use Emission and Reinforcement quite deftly as well.
Hatsu / Powers
From her extensive use of Nen, she has access to different powers that she can develop. However, she also stands out for her extreme intelligence, her speed and reflexes, and her skills in hand-to-hand combat.
Among her powers is her ability to transmute her own body as she wishes. And she also performs the Estee Magical Spa Services hatsu , through which she materializes an efficient masseuse she calls Cookie-chan, who uses a Nen vitality lotion capable of restoring injured hunters.
Killua’s brother , Illumi is the eldest son of the famous Zoldyeck family of assassins. A young man usually short of expression, he is cold and follows the dark teachings of his kin. He helped his father convince Killua, during his childhood, that the only way for him to find joy was to kill other people. All to ensure the continuity of the family business.
Still, he has a twisted way of protecting his brother, having implanted a needle into Killua’s brain that forces him to flee battles he’s not sure he can win. He also shows care for the other members of the Zoldyeck family, although his interest in Alluka seems to be more linked to the extreme power of the young woman.
He maintains an unusual friendship with Hisoka , having already risked his life to help him in his quest to face Chrollo Lucifer. However, she threatened her friend with death when Hisoka questioned if he could kill Killua. She sees Gon as a threat due to the boy’s closeness to his younger brother.
From his Manipulation Nen , Illumi uses Anchi needles (secret needles) as weapons, through which he is able to control opponents in whom he has managed to implant them.
Hatsu / Powers
Like the rest of the Zoldyeck family, Illumi has great resistance to poison, electricity and pain, in addition to possessing great strength and speed.
Illumi is still extremely intelligent and an excellent marksman, a talent he uses to throw his needles with great precision at his targets. Master of In, she can use her aura to hide her image and alter her appearance by impersonating other people.
The fourth child of the Zoldyeck family, Alluka was raised underground for years, sealed away due to the risks her uncontrollable powers posed. One of the most mysterious characters, Alluka has a second personality who identifies herself as Nanika.
With virtually limitless power, the girl is able to grant a wish to anyone, who must fulfill three of her wishes first. The first is usually something insignificant; the second is something unhealthy, like self-mutilation; while the third one can easily cause the death of the person she desires. If the person fails to fulfill Alluka’s wishes, she kills that person and one of her loved ones.
Very close to Killua, Alukka/Nanika doesn’t grant wishes to her brother, the only one who knows how to control the girl’s powers. The relationship between the two even causes envy in Kalluto, their brother. Overall, Alluka just seems like a childish and adorable child.
Chrollo Lucifer is the leader of the dangerous group of criminals Phantom Troupe, also known as Genei Ryodan or Spider. Each of the 12 team members, in addition to the leader, has a numbered spider tattoo. If a warrior wants to join the group, he must kill one of the members.
Cynical and calculating, he cares about his team members, but he sees death as a matter of course. If one of the members dies in battle, it is Chrollo who will choose who can replace him (if he has not been killed by a warrior who already wants to join the team).
Genei Ryodan emerged in Meteoro City, a locality formed by slums inhabited by marginalized communities, whose residents do not exist in all official records. Its founding members were: Chrollo Lucilfer, Nobunaga, Feitan, Franklin, Machi, Pakunoda and Uvogin.
Chrollo possesses Specialization Nen , which he uses to steal other warriors’ powers. He centers the stolen powers in a book he calls “Skill Hunter”. In addition to being able to use them, having them stolen prevents the original user from using them again.
Hatsu / Powers
Among the powers he has stolen are:
- Teleportation: Which he can use on himself or someone else
- Indoor Fish: Breeding carnivorous fish that devour opponents to death
- Fun Fun Cloth: Creation of a cloak capable of reducing the size of things or opponents until it fits in Chrollo’s hand.
Youngest son of the Zoldyeck family, Kalluto is always very demanding with himself, and has blind obedience to his mother’s orders.
He became the youngest member to join Genei Ryodan , where he replaced Hisoka, becoming member Number 4, with the goal of “bringing Killua back” to the family path.
Kalluto possesses Manipulation Nen , which he uses on paper. Using papers and a fan, he is able to face powerful opponents, in a fight where he demonstrates brutal behavior.
Hatsu / Powers
Among the techniques he uses, Kalluto usually uses a kind of fan made from paper folds. From his Nen, he is able to transform it into blades sharp to the point of being able to cut through steel.
- Origami: Through the origami he makes of the Genei Ryodan members, he is able to hear everything they say, even if they are at long distances.
- Serpent Pounce Dance: By throwing small pieces of paper that he had poured over his fan, Kalluto creates an attack that takes the form of a serpent with fangs capable of dismembering the enemy.
Member Number 1 of Genei Ryodan, Nobunaga was one of the founders of the criminal group, along with Chrollo Lucilfer, Feitan, Franklin, Machi, Pakunoda and Uvogin. Generally calm, he is friendly towards Gon and Killua, even going so far as to suggest that Chrollo bring them into the group. His best friend on the team is Uvogin.
Usually uses a katana (Japanese sword) with great dexterity. His skill is so intense in the art of Iaidō – a set of perfectly controlled movements of unsheathing the sword, striking the opponent, removing blood from the blade and replacing the sword in the scabbard – that anyone who comes within 10 feet of him at this time will be killed. He has improved reflexes and speed.
The fifth strongest member of Genei Ryodan, Feitan (Number 5) was once the group’s interim leader in Chrollo’s absence. An experienced torturer, he is tasked with interrogating enemies. He is cold, sadistic (kills for fun) and very loyal to his team and their leader, having been one of the founders of the group.
As a weapon, he uses a sword that he carries hidden in an umbrella. But her most potent and dangerous attack is the Pain Packer – Rising Sun , from which she creates a miniature Sun turning her pain into power. The blow is capable of burning everything within a wide range. Improved strength, speed, agility, reflexes and stamina are also featured.
Phinks and Feitan constantly work in pairs. An extremely powerful member of the Genei Ryodan, he is very skilled in unarmed combat, being able to swing his arms to project them into even more powerful blows, strong enough to break opponents’ necks.
Phinks uses his Nen to create a kind of impenetrable cocoon or even to strike long distances, from the emission of intense waves of air.
Shalnark is the 6th member of the Genei Ryodan. An excellent observer with a great capacity for deduction, he stands out for his intelligence. With a manipulation Nen , Shalnark uses a cell to control his opponents.
In this hatsu, he places a kind of antenna on the opponent. He can also choose to place the antenna on himself, which causes him to lose control but awaken extraordinary strength.
Shizuku is member Number 8 of the Genei Ryodan criminal group. Extremely forgetful, she has short-term memory loss. That, her devotion to the group’s rules and her appearance might give the impression that she is a fragile girl, but Shizuku is strong and has deadly powers.
With a materialization Nen , she uses a sort of vacuum cleaner to beat up opponents. But the primary function of this vacuum is to suck the bodies and blood of victims that the other members of the Genei Ryodan mutilate.
One of the original members of Genei Ryodan (Number 9), Pakunoda was one of Chrollo Lucifer’s bodyguards, and died to save their leader and pass on information from Kurapika, who seeks revenge against the team of criminals.
With a Specialization Nen , Pakunoda was able to materialize bullets with his own memories or with the memories he had stolen from opponents. Whoever was shot would receive these memories, unless they were the original holder of the memories, in which case they would only lose them when hit by the bullet.
To obtain these memories, Pakunoda only needs to touch the person and ask a question, being able to search through all the victim’s memories that were related to the questioning made.
Member Number 11 has established himself as the strongest member that has ever passed through Genei Ryodan. Like the rest of the group, he has no problem killing to achieve his goals. Extremely resourceful, he was once able to defeat three opponents using only his head after being paralyzed.
Uvogin is extremely loyal to Chrollo and to the principles of spiders, still carrying with him the ideal that he should steal everything he needs or wants. He is Nobugana’s best friend.
His attack/hatsu is called Big Bang Impact , in which he strikes opponents after concentrating all of his immense force in his fist, having the effect equivalent to that of a small missile.
This mysterious young man, whose face has never been seen, is yet another member of Genei Ryodan. Although he is one of the least physically strong members, Kortopi is able to use his materialization Nen to make perfect copies, which last for 24 hours, of any object.
This technique, which is called Gallery Fake , is performed when he touches what he wants to copy with his left hand. The only limitations are living beings, Nen that exist in objects, and other objects that have materialized. None of these can be copied.
The strongest female of the Genei Ryodan, Machi uses her Nen of Transformation to transform her own aura into thin lines that can be used to either strangle an opponent, track, trap, or heal wounds.
In addition, Machi stands out for his agility, his fighting skills and his intelligence.
The great strength, intelligence, size and power that Franklin already had were still not enough for him. To increase the potency of his Double Machine Gun move – in which he shoots Nen bullets through his fingers – Genei member Ryodan cut off his own fingers, intensifying the ability.
As an original warrior of the Gyu-don-don-don-don tribe, Bonolenov is able to create holes in his body that produce melodies whose effects vary.
Also, through Batte-Le Cantabile: Jupiter , he is able to create a kind of rock with which he can crush his opponents. He is also a member of Genei Ryodan.
A member of Genei Ryodan and one of the Greed Island players , he used his vast experience in using Nen to try to monopolize the spell cards in the game. But he is eventually defeated by Gon.
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